Pius XI and America
Conference, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

28-30 October 2010


Thursday 7 pm:  Opening reception and dinner

Welcome by David Kertzer, Introductory remarks by Romano Prodi

Friday 8:30 a.m. Pius XI, the United States, and the Vatican-Part One

 - The Holy See in the U.S. Presidential Election of 1928. Massimo Faggioli 

- The American Jewish Yearbook and the Vatican view of Eastern Europe between 1919 and 1938. Mara Dissegna 

- The United States, the Vatican, and the League of Nations: The Disarmament Conference of 1932. Liliosa Azara 

- Pius XI and American Pragmatism. Marisa Patulli Trythall  

- Discussant: John F. Pollard, Trinity Hall

- The First Steps of “parallel diplomacy:” The Vatican & the U.S. in the Italo-Ethiopian War, 1935-1936. Lucia Ceci 

- Father Coughlin, the U.S. Bishops, & the Holy See. Gerald P. Fogarty, S.J.     

- United States and Vatican 1936-1939: from Eugenio Pacelli's visit to the US to 

Myron Taylor’s Mission to the Holy See. Giulia D'Alessio          

- The Holy See and Cardinal Mundelein’s Insult of Hitler. Mons. Robert Trisco

- Discussants: Peter Kent, Charles Gallagher, S.J.  

2 p.m. Tour of Brown University campus and surrounding area

4 p.m. American Catholicism, Culture, and the Pontificate of Pius XI

- American Catholics and the Financing of the Vatican during the Great Depression: US bishops' Peter's Pence' contributions in the mid 1930’s. John F. Pollard 

- The problem of Birth Control in the United States under the papacy of Pius XI: A Dossier from the Archivio della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede. Lucia Pozzi

- Pius XI and the rights of the human person: how the Americas met Europe. Giuliana Chamedes 

- Discussant: David O’Brien

5:30 p.m.  Vatican Transnationalism

- Early Signs of Discord: the Holy See, Britain and the Question of Malta. Aappo Laitinen

- Pius XI and Poland: The First Polish Pope. Neal Pease   

- La Santa Sede e il tentativo di sollevazione militar-comunista in Brasile nel 1935. Carlo Felice Casula

- Pope Pius XI and Eugenio Pacelli on Persecuted Catholics Defined as Jewish by the

 Nazi State: The Case of the Brazilian Visas. Suzanne Brown-Fleming 

 - Discussant: John A. Davis  

Saturday 8:30 a.m. Pius XI and the Racial Laws-Part One: 1938

- Irreconcilable Differences? Pius XI and Italian Fascism from the Ethiopian Crisis to the Racial Laws, 1935-1938. Robert A. Ventresca 

- Pouring Jewish water into Fascist wine: The Jesuit Pietro Tacchi-Venturi and Mussolini’s Racial Laws. Robert A. Maryks   

- The Vatican & the Italian Racial Laws: The view from the United States. David I. Kertzer & Alessandro Visani 

- Discussants: Mark Ruff, Kevin Spicer 

10:45 a.m.  Pius XI and the Racial Laws—Part Two: Achille Ratti and Eugenio Pacelli

- The ‘Crusade’ of Pius XI Against Anti-Semitism & the ‘Silence’ of Pius XII. Frank J. Coppa

- Comparing Papal Responses to Atrocities: Pius XI & his Successor, Pius XII. Jacques Kornberg  

- Totalitiarianisms and the Last Years of Pius XI. Emma Fattorini    

- Discussants: Hubert Wolf, Michael Marrus   

2:15 p.m. Pius XI: The State of Research and Plans for the Future. Alberto Melloni, David Kertzer, Charles Gallagher, Hubert Wolf

 *The languages of the conference will be Italian and English



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